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Cystoscopy: A Patient's Guide


Cystoscopy is a medical procedure during which a doctor inserts a thin, flexible camera called a cystoscope into the bladder through the urethra. The cystoscope allows the doctor to examine theInside of the bladder and urethra for anything abnormal, such as tumors or stones. In most cases, cystoscopy is done as an outpatient procedure and takes only a few minutes to complete.


What to Expect During Cystoscopy?

Before the procedure begins, you will be asked to empty your bladder. You will then be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around your urethra. Once you are numb, the doctor will insert the cystoscope through your urethra and into your bladder. You may feel some pressure as the cystoscope is inserted, but you should not feel any pain.


The doctor will then use the cystoscope to look for anything abnormal inside your bladder or urethra. If anything abnormal is found, the doctor may take a biopsy (a small sample of tissue) for further testing. In some cases, cystoscopy may also be used to treat certain conditions, such as removing stones from the bladder or placing stents (small tubes) in the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from each kidney to the bladder).


After the Procedure

After the procedure is finished, you will be taken to a recovery area where you can rest for a few minutes until the anesthesia wears off. Once it does, you will be able to go home. You may experience some urinary discomfort and bleeding for a day or two after the procedure, but this is normal and should resolve on its own. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after Cystoscopy. If you have any questions or concerns about Cystoscopy, please don't hesitate to contact Lansing Institute of Urology.


Cystoscopy is a quick and relatively painless medical procedure that can provide invaluable information about the health of your urinary system. If you have been experiencing urinary symptoms or have been diagnosed with a urinary condition, cystoscopy may be recommended by your doctor. This patient guide provides an overview of what to expect before, during, and after cystoscopy so that you can know what to expect and can be prepared for your procedure. Lansing Institute of Health is a Division of Compass Health. The area’s leading physicians have come together for your health. Welcome to a new direction in health care.Physician leaders in the Lansing area have come together to form Compass Health—a multi-specialty medical group committed to preserving the physician/patient relationship in today’s health care landscape. At Compass Health, providing the care you need is the focus of everything we do. The physicians and staff of Compass Health provide leading-edge patient-centered care across a range of medical specialties.